Image courtesy of the artist and Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai

Lu Xinjian, City DNA / Salford and Manchester

Year: 2015
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: Approximately 140 x 200cm
Brief biography: b. 1977, Jiangsu Province, China. Lives and works in Shanghai, China.

City DNA/Salford and Manchester was co-commission with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) to celebrate both our partnership as well as CFCCA 30th anniversary in 2016. 

 Lu Xinjian’s art and design practice hovers between representation and abstraction, aiming to convey the historical evolution of cities and their structures. 

 Part of the artist’s ongoing CITY DNA project, City DNA / Salford and Manchester responds to the topography from the University of Salford campus to Manchester city centre, where CFCCA is located.  Working from aerial views from Google Earth, the painting began as a series of sketches, which were then made into a stencil using Adobe Illustrator. Lines were straightened, curves rounded and made uniform; the final design of lines, curves, squares and circles was hand-painted. What is given in lieu of an accurate cartography is a sense of place- the vibe, rhythm or tempo of the area where Salford and Manchester meet. City DNA / Salford and Manchester is part of a larger body of work, which includes views of Beijing, Amsterdam, Groningen, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris. This work is unique in its presentation of two city spaces. It was also made into a pink and blue wallpaper for CFCCA.  

 This was an important moment for me, back several years ago when I was asked by the University to add a piece to their collection, and painting the CITY DNA/ Salford and Manchester piece. Although I had begun to grow in recognition in Asia, this was one of the first times I had been asked by an institution in the UK to be part of their collection. Lu Xinjian. 

 Recent solo exhibitions include: Reflections, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China (2017); Lu Xinjian: City DNA + Reflections, Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Marbella, Spain (2017); Infinite Lines, de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing, China (2017); City DNA / Jiang Nan, Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai, China.  


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